Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen, February 12, 2013

Dandridge Board of Mayor and Aldermen met on Tuesday evening for discussion and action on several items of general housekeeping including adjustments in the personnel handbook regarding inclement weather policy, bookkeeping adjustments for the previous fiscal year and adding a Municipal Tax Levy of $13.25 to cases involving judicial action in the Town’s Municipal Court. They also approved on the third reading a corrective ordinance for zoning. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved a resolution supporting the proposed Megasite project, stating in the resolution that it would be beneficial to the Town of Dandridge and other municipalities, as well as Jefferson County. Fire Department Subscription Service was discussed and Dandridge Fire Chief Riley will compile information that will be presented to the BMA before the first of May. He informed the BMA that around 79% of calls that are answered are outside the Town limits. The Chief said that he did not want the proposed subscription service to be confused with a pay to spray service and that calls would still be answered regardless of subscription. The particulars of the service have not yet been worked out that would fairly assess the cost across the service area.  Chief Riley stated that he is working toward a start date of January 2014, should the BMA approve the subscription service. Water Superintendent Mike Norton informed the BMA that he was in discussion with KUB regarding water service to Dandridge and that current cost projections show the Town of Dandridge enjoying considerable savings by contracting with KUB. Norton stated that KUB is very consistent in their service and would have the resources to provide full water service during the mid summer months. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen via a Motion approved Norton to contact an engineer to get specs on particulars associated with getting to KUB waterlines.

In other action the Board of Mayor and Aldermen appointed Buddy Dollar for another term on the Historical Planning Commission and authorized the Mayor to sign the Farmer’s Market Agreement between the Town of Dandridge and the Dandridge Community Trust. Town Administrator McCarter will bring information regarding costs associated with a Roadscapes grant that would landscape the roadside areas at exit 417.

Source: K. Depew, News Director